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OTIP Announces 2017-18 Bursary Program Winners

July 31, 2017

The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to Ontario education workers, created and governed by the four education affiliates, announced today the winners of its 2017-18 Bursary Program. This annual program, for members and their relatives, is one of the many value-added programs that OTIP offers its members.

Each year, OTIP awards twelve $1,500 academic bursaries to six female and six male students across Ontario. The program helps alleviate the financial burden faced by students, allowing them to more easily pursue their post-secondary education. Since its inception, this program has helped over 250 students and awarded $324,000.

2017-18 bursary winners

  • Shelby Davidson, North Gower
  • David Drouillard, Windsor
  • Marissa Goulart, Brantford
  • Alyssa Hall, Peterborough
  • Erin Henderson, Windsor
  • Justin Malnerich, Cambridge
  • Aynsley Maves, Niagara Falls
  • Christopher McFadden, Courtice
  • Gavin Mercier, Oshawa
  • Kassandra Scharnhorst, Barrie
  • R. William Scott, Mindemoya
  • Samuel Sweazey, Barrie

(NOTE: The above winners were drawn at random from a pool of almost 2,800 applicants.)

“In November, OTIP will celebrate our 40th anniversary, doing what we do best—serving the members of the education community,” said Vic Medland, OTIP’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our annual bursary program has provided financial assistance to the winners via tuition, books, living expenses, etc., so they can focus on their studies. We are proud that not only do we serve the education community but also in the pursuit of higher education and continued learning of their loved ones.”

Entries for the 2018-19 academic year will be accepted online at from September 1, 2017 to June 15, 2018.

For more information, contact: Patricia Wilkinson-Bizjak, Director, Corporate Affairs and Communications, OTIP, 1-800-267-6847 ext. 2615, 519-574-4997 or

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